NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD – India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Army are collecting information on the latest violation of the 2003 ceasefire in divided state of Jammu Kashmir.
“We will give our detailed reaction later,” he said. On Saturday, Pakistan suggested India to hold an urgent meeting of the Director General of Military Operations (DGMOs) in order to discuss the situation and halt firing along the working boundary and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir.
Expressing concern over unprovoked Indian firing inside Pakistani territory and some parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir, National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said that the issue was affecting bilateral ties and peace in the region. Earlier today, firing by the Indian forces along the working boundary killed at least two people, including a woman, and injured four others in Sialkot.
In Charwa and Chaparral sectors of Sialkot, heavy weapons and mortar shells were fired early in the morning. Chenab Rangers retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till 7am. Official sources said that the unprovoked firing by the Indian troops on the working boundary near Sialkot has been continuing for the past several weeks.
“Our army is prepared to respond to each violation. India has full faith that the army is effectively protecting both the territory and the national interest,” Jaitley told journalists. “The loss of civilian lives is considered condemnable even in war. During peace, it is even more condemnable,” he said. Jaitley commissioned the 'INS Kamorta,' a frontline warship with an array of anti-submarine warfare, anti-air and anti-surface weapons and sensors.